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  1. #1

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    Oct 2006

    Default Pasta Salad

    I'm looking for a yummy and easy pasta salad recipe for a BBQ this weekend.
    Anyone have one to share?


  2. #2

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    Sep 2006
    Dandy Ranges ;)


    Dead easy

    Cook your pasta, toss with a little oil and allow to cool.

    Mix through:
    * chopped celery
    * chopped capsicum (multi coloured looks great)
    * tin of 3 or 5-bean mix (well drained & rinsed)

    sometimes I'll add in a tin of flavoured tuna, sometimes chopped ham or chopped chicken.

    With the tuna and ham it doesn't need any more liquidy-stuff, with chopped chicken I'll add mayo with a little mustard or curry powder mixed through.

  3. #3

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    Nov 2008
    Perth, WA


    Mine's similar, but I add whatever salad ingredients I have:
    e.g. chopped cherry tomatoes, cucumber, sundried tomatoes, spinach leaves, corn, bean mix, gherkins, pine nuts etc
    I also add sultanas to the pasta when cooking (they plump up really nicely)

    I make a sauce out of mayo with a little gherkin juice and wholegrain/honey mustard.

  4. #4

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    Sep 2007


    I do a pasta and feta salad which is nice if you don't like a mayo based dressing - basically: pasta, feta, finely chopped spring or red onion, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, blanched green beans and broccoli or broccolini, zest of one lemon and lots of lemon juice, lots of cracked pepper, olive oil, finely chopped basil or parsley, and crispy fried or grilled salami (you could also use pancetta, or proscuitto if you wanted to make a fancier version). I've also added pine nuts to it, or black olives.

  5. #5

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    Dec 2008


    I do one with boiled eggs, spring onions, grated carrot, capsicum or whatever I've got in fridge at the time then I mix a teaspoon or so of curry powder in with some mayo and toss it through.

    My mum makes one with seafood mix (that white and red stuff), onion, capsicum, celery and puts Thousand Island Dressing over it. I prefer it witout the seafood crap though.

  6. #6

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    Nov 2007
    Murray Bridge, SA


    I know of a number of pasta salad recipes.

    Tomato Pasta Salad:

    3 cups cooked pasta (we always used spirals)
    2 tbsp tomato paste
    2 hamsteaks or leg ham - chopped
    1 small chopped onion
    1/2 cup mayonnaise

    Mix all together - the mayo and tomato paste was always to taste - so feel free to change it up!

    Macaroni Salad

    250g elbow macaroni
    2 stalks celery, chopped
    1/2 medium sized capsicum, cored, seeded and chopped
    1 small onion, chopped
    1/2 cup mayonnaise
    3 tsp white vinegar or lemon juice
    1 tsp french mustard
    salt & pepper to taste

    Cook macaroni until al dente, then drain in a colander and rinse with cool water. Drain thoroughly.

    While macaroni is cooking, combine the celery, capsicum, onion, mayonnaise, vinegar/lemon juice, mustard, salt & pepper in a serving bowl. Add the macaroni to the bowl and toss well to mix.

    Curried Pasta Salad (from TV show - Alive and Cooking)

    200g cooked pasta spirals, rinse in cold water to cool
    continental cucumber, finely diced
    green capsicum, finely diced
    bunch spring onions, finely sliced
    cup mayonnaise
    1 cup of sultanas
    1 tbsp white wine vinegar
    tsp Clive’s curry powder
    cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
    5 Always Fresh Piquillo Pepper, shredded


    Mix together the mayonnaise, curry powder and vinegar to a smooth dressing.

    Toss all other ingredients together then drizzle with dressing.

  7. #7

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    Nov 2009
    In Paradise


    I'd love to know how to make the one from woollies, I love it and I'm craving it,but prefer it super fresh

  8. #8

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    Oct 2006


    Thanks ladies, writing these down!

    M2R is that the creamy one? My MIL buys that one and although it tastes ok I can't bring myself to eat it because I worry how long ago it was made.

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    Mine is very plain compared to some of these. Prepare you pasta as normal. Some good quality shaved ham thinly sliced, spring onions & mayo. You can also add some diced capsicum too (multi colour is best). It's just yummy

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    Just wanted to see if anyone had anything else to add? I have friends over tomorrow and wanted to make a pasta salad to make with lunch. I've been ordered by my ob to rest, so something quick, easy, tasty and pregnancy friendly would be great!

  11. #11

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    Jun 2003


    Baked Brocolli, Basil Pesto Mayo, Pinenjts, cherry Tomatoes, Penne, cooked bacon. Mix together. Noms. Bake the brocolli in an oven with garlic salt, pepper and olive oil.

  12. #12

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    Sep 2012
    Sydney, NSW


    My family request this one for every family bbq.

    1 box bowtie pasta, cooked
    1 jar traditional mayo
    1 block Kraft cheddar cheese, cubed
    1 brown onion, diced
    A couple celery sticks sliced
    Half a red capsicum, diced
    Half a green capsicum, diced
    2.5 teaspoons curry powder - or to taste

    I mix everything but pasta together and let it sit til the pasta is cold. Then mix it all together and refrigerate.
    Best to make it the day before so all the flavours get yummy together.

  13. #13

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    Jul 2007

    Default Pasta Salad

    Left over BBQ or roast chicken, mango, celery pine nuts and a bit of mayo.
    Or pesto, olives, cherry tomatoes and toasted pine nuts

  14. #14

    Default Re: Pasta Salad

    200g dry pasta cooked in boiling water with a tsp curry powder added

    Pinch salt
    1 stick celery, cut into chunks
    ¼ med red capsicum, cut into big chunks ¼ med green capsicum, cut into big chunks
    1 Granny Smith apple, unpeeled, cored & cut into eighths
    1-2 spring onions, cut into chunks (depending on size –use both the onion and the green stems)
    small tin pineapple pieces in syrup, drained, reserving the syrup.

    2/3 cup mayo
    1/3 cup of reserved pineapple syrup
    1 – 2 tblsp curry powder

    Drain pasta into a colander, but don’t rinse. Let cool a little and then place in a large bowl. Add half of the dressing and as much of the drained pineapple as you like.

    Cover and place in the fridge to cool.

    Prepare rest of ingredients, by placing all the veg including the apple (but not sultanas or peanuts), into the TM bowl or food processor. Chop for 2-3 seconds/speed 5 until cut small or dice small by hand.

    When pasta has cooled, add prepared veg. Give a good stir, adding more dressing if a little dry and then place in a serving bowl.


    * Don't be tempted to use pineapple in natural juice, you need the sweetness of the syrup to contrast with the curry flavour.

    This can be made on the day although the flavour is even better the day after.

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    Thanks for all the good ideas!

  16. #16

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    Apr 2009
    Perth, WA


    I make one that is below:

    Cooked spiral pasta - depending on how big you want the salad I usually use about half a large packet.
    2x cooked chorizo's cut into small pieces
    A small tub of semi sundried tomatos cut into small pieces
    A block of fetta cut small
    Sliced pitted black olives
    Basil Pesto approx half a jar
    Olive Oil.

    Mix and serve - yummo!

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